born on 19/5/1919 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
died on 8/1/1990 in Palm Springs, CA, United States
Georgie Auld (May 19, 1919 – January 8, 1990) was a jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.
Auld was born John Altwerger in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1929. Before the family left Canada, Auld's parents gave him a saxophone, which he taught himself to play.
Auld was most noteworthy for his work with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Porcino, Billy Eckstine, Tiny Kahn, Frank Rosolino, and many others. Primarily a swing saxophonist, he did many big band stints in his career, and led several big bands, including Georgie Auld and His Orchestra and Georgie Auld and His Hollywood All Stars. Auld also played some rock´n roll working for Alan Freed in 1959.
He can be heard playing sax on the 1968 Ella Fitzgerald album 30 by Ella.
In 1949, Auld played Carl in The Rat Race in the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway. In 1952, he had a small part in the film The Marrying Kind. In 1977 he played a bandleader in the motion picture New York, New York, starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro and also acted as a technical consultant for the film.
Auld died on January 8, 1990, in Palm Springs, California, aged 70.
- 1951 George Auld Quintet (Roost)
- 1951 Concert in Jazz (Apollo)
- 1952 Manhattan (Coral)
- 1952 Tenderly (Coral)
- 1955 Misty (Coral)
- 1955 In the Land of Hi-Fi with Georgie Auld and His Orchestra (EmArcy)
- 1958 Tenor Sax Gone Latin (Capitol)
- 1959 Homage (Xanadu)
- 1959 Georgie Auld Plays for Melancholy Babies (Paramount)
- 1959 Hawaii on the Rocks (Jaro)
- 1959 Good Enough to Keep (Top Rank)
- 1963 Georgie Auld Plays the Winners (Philips)
- 1988 In the Middle (Discovery)
- 1990 Handicap (Discovery)
- 1999 By George (Swing House)
- 2006 Swingin' in the Land of Hi-Fi (Jasmine)
With Buddy Bregman
- Swinging Kicks (Verve, 1957)
With Maynard Ferguson
- Maynard Ferguson Octet (EmArcy, 1955)
- Around the Horn with Maynard Ferguson (EmArcy, 1956)
With Barney Kessel
- To Swing or Not to Swing (Contemporary, 1955)
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- Georgie Auld at Find a Grave